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Armani Privé Haute Couture | Paris Fall 2011 Couture

In my opinion, Armani Privé brings the best haute couture collections each and every season, and this season, he doesn’t fail to stun me. With Japanese traditional prints and patterns everywhere, Giorgio’s interpretation of the modern-day Geisha came to life on the runway. With classic female silhouettes, strong tailoring in jackets, skirts and gowns, as well as a great use of color, Armani brought edgy designs full of shape and femininity to the plate. Models came out in exquisite pieces, with incredibly designed hair-fascinators in place, bold yet subtle makeup, and clutching chic bags and purses. Simply magnificent is all I can say, as Giorgio’s homage to Japan was paid. Check out my favorites from the collection, along with all the show looks below.

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Alexis Mabille Haute Couture | Paris Fall 2011 Couture

After a questionable yet inspiring collection from Dior, Alexis Mabille, who I had been looking forward to, presented another one of his great haute couture collections. One could easily describe this as the best collection from the label, but with pure glamour, sophistication and the most amazing and gorgeous pieces one could find today, Alexis Mabille left us all in awe. I could not take my eyes from the large billowing dresses which were worn by beautiful models who carried minimal makeup, hair slicked back, along with some being accessorized with feathers.  The variety of luxurious dresses were made from materials like velvet and animal print, with some carrying fur and lace detailing and one with interesting spikes going down the sleeves. I was nothing but impressed by the stunning collection, so check out my favorite looks, as well as the entire collection below.



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Christian Dior Haute Couture | Paris Fall 2011 Couture

After seeing this collection, which is being classed as confusing and horrible by most voices in the fashion world, I can surely say that Dior is in need of John Galliano badly!  I can’t say straight up that it was a bad collection, because some interesting elements such as the architectural inspiration definitely worked in a futuristic sense. However, where styling is concerned, the layers were piled in such a comical and displeasing manner. Nevertheless… let’s get down to my review.

Filled with pastel colors, whimsical and mosaic patterns, architectural inspiration, shapes and both edgy and girly designs, fashion house Christian Dior, currently headed by Susanna Venegas and Bill Gaytten, presented some confusing haute couture today in Paris. Seemingly inspired by clowns, (lol) the makeup was as always bold, and the clothes and shoes were filled with lots of color, patterns and shapes. Organza along shiny, shimmery fabrics all sauntered down the runway made into the over-exaggerated pieces. Check out my favorite (if any) pieces below, and then take a look at the entire collection.

Although the final piece worn by Karlie Kloss was my favorite gown of the show, the accessory which was worn around her neck solidified the clownish factor in the show.

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I Love, I Want, I Need | Paris Menswear Spring/Summer 2012

The collections in Paris are finally over, and although it was in my opinion boring when compared to Milan, there were definitely a couple of things which came down the runway that I wanted. If you missed my items of desire from Milan Menswear fashion week, check them out here.

Maison Martin Margiela Loafers | Lanvin Military Jacket

Comme des Garçons Double-Breasted Jacket | Hermès Patterned Shirt

Acne | Paris Menswear Spring/Summer 2012

It is always such a pleasure for me to bring the amazing and iconic designs of Acne each and every menswear season. Their designs are always filled which great Swedish elements, and this season in taking it back to the 70’s, they present a collection inspired by the reign of denim. As a subtle and muted palette dominated the collection with fabrics like suede, they presented a deal of jackets and blazers, layered atop sweaters and shirts. Incredibly tapered chinos and jeans, along with loafers and sandals all added to the minimal, yet retro feel of the show. Some kind of ‘reinvented’ camouflage caught my eye, since Camo is trending this season, and with Acne bringing it to their runway, I have no doubt that it will be huge for a long time. Wonderful collection it was, check out my favorites below, as well as all the collection photos! 🙂

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Lanvin | Paris Menswear Spring/Summer 2012

Inspiring indeed, Lanvin presents an amazingly ‘current’ collection filled with a great mixture of soft tones and fabrics, color, some patterns and military inspiration. After diving into edgier and futuristic designs for past seasons, Alber Elbaz takes a step back into the solid minimalist and delivers a collections filled with emotion and feeling. Bringing to the runway incredible jackets, created with shape and edge, they topped off most of their men in parkas, blazers and tunics. Chic scarves then began to take the lead, by topping off outfits which consisted of the above mentioned, as well as shorts and trousers. Soft pastels began to hit the runway leading into the display of classic tailored suits, accessorized with great neck ties.  Moving into the uniform aspect of things, Lanvin amassed the best military jackets I’ve ever seen, layering them on patterned pants and shirts. Shoe-wise, boots, lace-ups and sandals clad the feet of the amazing models.  What more can say but simply incredible!

Now, I can undoubtedly boast that Lanvin was my favorite collection from Paris, which unfortunately has been somewhat boring. That is when compared to all the exciting collections which came down the runways in Milan. Although I try to satisfy my ‘readers’ by giving them all the collections to take a look at, my busy schedule hasn’t been permitting me to do so, and even sometimes, when I find the time to blog… the collections I’ve seen in Paris did not really excite me!  Thankfully, Lanvin was an inspiring collection which definitely needs to be lauded. Congrats to Alber Elbaz and his team for another great season of menswear. Check out my favorites below, along with collection photos from the show.

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Balmain | Paris Menswear Spring/Summer 2012

Knowing that I’m a big fan of Balmain and their amazing work, no matter how busy I’ve been over the last few days, I just had to get the new collection to my blog from the new creative director Olivier Rousteing. Although we still have to await the women’s collection, the menswear collection didn’t stem to far from Christophe Decarnin’s “façon de style.” With the very same youthful, military and biker inspiration, Olivier created amazingly cool leather jackets and vests, hot slim fitting pants, jeans of deconstructed denim and great suede boots and sneakers. Model Anthon Wellsjo was topped off in some looks with chic summer scarves in cool pastels, it was definitely my ‘dream’ of Balmain. Only thing being different this season would be the way that sleeveless pieces appeared frequently, but that was definitely not a bad way to go, since it’s summer and like tank tops they are perfect for the weather. Check out my favorites along with the full collection.

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